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Poster: Phlesh Wound Date: Apr 26, 2013 5:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bertha

In terms of Jerry's solo I've always liked the '71 versions best. My favorite is probably from the famous 8-06 show but the 8-26 version from Gaelic Park is another stand out for me.

http://archive.org/details/gd1971-08-06.fob-SonyECM22p.miller.88816.sbeok.flac16

http://archive.org/details/gd1971-08-26.sbd.miller-rolfe.32303.flac16

Edited for clarity

This post was modified by Phlesh Wound on 2013-04-27 00:36:57

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Poster: Tidewater four ten O nine Date: Apr 26, 2013 6:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bertha

Yep, '71 does it (best) for me too - everything but especially Bertha. I remember when 'Skull & Roses" came out in the UK - John Peel (who ?) had the timing for the start of the solo and after, giving the general intro, he said something like "Keep your ears peeled(?) at x mins, x secs - it don't get much better than that".
RIP JG, RIP JP, Long Live '71.

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Apr 26, 2013 8:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bertha

Bertha is actually an easier song to learn and perform than Me & My Uncle. Garcia ripped it up during the lead break in 1971 on his Strat!

A simple tune to begin a set with to gain ones musical footing (so to speak).

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Poster: Tidewater four ten O nine Date: Apr 27, 2013 12:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bertha

Simple is good.

I prefer simple to (unnecessarily) over-complicated.

Oh, for those who didn't know, John Peel was (in)famous 'progressive' (?) radio jock back here in the good old UK. Infamous/progressive as you could be on the BBC back in those days (well, he used to play 'The Dead' for starters). Apologies for being vague.

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Apr 27, 2013 6:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bertha

why do you say Bertha is easier than Me & My Uncle? Not that either one is especially difficult...M&MU is as straight forward as it gets, Bertha has tempo shifts...